Socializing a puppy means exposing them to people, other animals, and different places. This process ideally takes place between 3-12 weeks old, so it starts with the breeders and becomes the owner’s responsibility once they’re adopted around 8 weeks old. Although it can be time-consuming, socialization is a vital part of raising a puppy during those early first months. Learn why it’s so important and how to do it.
Why Puppy Socialization is Important
Socializing your puppy is important because it affects their temperament for the rest of their life. It helps dogs be calm and well-behaved around other pets while meeting new people, or exploring new places. When you take your dog to the groomer or groom their coat at home, they are more likely to stay calm. Even at the vet, you’ll find socialized pups take their shots better than unsocialized dogs. Perhaps most importantly, your dog will be less prone to aggression, which could get you in legal trouble if they chase after the mailman!
How to Socialize Your Puppies
What Breeders Should Start With
Socialization among puppies should begin right after their eyes open and they start to mingle around the whelping box on their own, around 3 weeks old. As a breeder, you should get your litter vaccinated and give them their first round of dewormer before socialization begins. About a week after those shots, you can start exposing them to new things. Bring new toys to them. Have friends and family play with them. You could even bring other well-socialized animals for play dates. Finally, you can slowly expand your whelping area to allow them to explore more of your house. The key is to keep a close eye on your puppies and make sure they aren’t overwhelmed by new experiences.
What Owners Should Continue With
Once you adopt a puppy from a breeder, you must continue the socializing work begun by the breeder. Continue the same tactics that they started above, exposing your dog to other pets, people, and spaces in your home. Try to do 2-3 socialization activities outside the home every week, as well. This can include walks in a park, puppy playdates, or exploring a pet store. Again, the key here is to keep an eye on your puppy to see if they get overwhelmed and cut your excursion short if they do. Lastly, you could sign your puppy up for socialization & training classes, such as the AKC S.T.A.R. program.
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